Botswana is a land-locked country dominated in geographical terms by the Kalahari Desert - a sand-filled basin averaging 1,100 metres above sea level Botswana is bordered by Zambia and Zimbabwe to the northeast, Namibia to the north and west, and South Africa to the south and southeast. The more popular destinations in Botswana includes Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta as well as the Kalahari desert and the Makgadikgadi  Pans. The Okavango is the largest inland delta system in the world a bit smaller than Isreal or half of Switzerland. The northeastern region of the Kalahari Basin contains the Makgadikgadi Pans - an extensive network of salt pans and ephemeral lakes. When planning your holiday to Botswana, we would always recommend spending time in at least two of the main destinations within Botswana. 

Gecko Africa offer expert advice and we have specialist Botswana consultants that can help you build an itinerary that best suits your requirements and budget. We have listed all of our Botswana destinations separately. A wide variety of individual properties within Botswana is also available. If you need more detailed information and advice simply contact one of our expert consultants to assist you in planning your holiday.

The Okavango Delta

Go on a safari to the Okavango Delta and experience an Africa that is untamed, wild and very real. The Okavango Delta offers a variety of lodges and camps to choose from, from luxury tented camp where you can ride on Elephants , to more simple camps where you concentrate on walking and water safaris. Speak to your Ghecko Safaris Consultant about putting together the most perfect Okavango Delta Safari for you. Located in Northern Botswana the Okavango Delta is the world largest inland Delta. Spreading down like a handprint, the Delta is affected by seasonal floods originating in Angola and taking about 6 months to filter down to the Delta. The Wildlife in the Okavango Delta is spectacular. Home to Lions, Leopards, Buffalo, Elephant and the occasional Rhino, the wildlife ebbs and flows with the flood waters. The Moremi Game Reserve and Chiefs Island are centrally located in the Okavango Delta and provide a haven for fantastic wildlife. The enjoyable thing about the Okavango Delta is that you can enjoy game viewing with a variety of methods, from standard game drives, to mokoros, boat cruises and walking safaris.

Lodge Options - Okavango

Little Mombo    

Little Mombo is situated on Mombo Island, adjoining the northern tip of Chief's Island within the Moremi Game Reserve and is arguably the best big game viewing area in all of Africa.The camp is a smaller and more intimate camp than its sister, Mombo Camp, to which it is connected via a raised walkway. Little Mombo is built under a shady canopy and has three luxurious rooms under canvas with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. The camp overlooks the surrounding floodplains which offer some of the best big game viewing in the Okavango Delta. Your own sala, large veranda and lounge area provide ample place to relax and enjoy the view. The camp also has its own dining and lounge area and sparkling pool.

Highlights

  • Set in arguably the best big game viewing area in all of Africa
  • Bountiful hunting ground for large prides of lion and star-struck leopard
  • Perfect for small groups looking for an intimate and sumptuous camp in the Delta 

Camp Okavango

    

Camp Okavango, a unique and exclusive African safari camp is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island.  This hidden treasure, in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assures its guests of an unparalleled year-round water wilderness experience. To ensure a peaceful and genuine safari experience, Camp Okavango accommodates just twenty-four guests.  There are eleven intimate Safari suites and one Family suite consisting of two bedrooms and each with an en-suite bathroom. Each of the guest suites have been built on individual raised wooden platforms and set beneath the thick Okavango Delta vegetation. Water-based activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will expertly navigate guests through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways. Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta the quiet old-fashioned way, in the traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). For those wanting to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness. Birding opportunities are outstanding and anglers may put their skill against bream and tiger fish.  Camp Okavango is a water-based camp and game-drive activities, using safari vehicles, are not possible.

Abu Camp

 

At Abu Camp, you are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to see the African bush and its wildlife through the eyes of the elephants – by joining the Abu herd. You will form a strong emotional bond with the herd that is both humbling and inspiring and at the same time, gain an understanding of elephant conservation – the premise on which Abu Camp is based. Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu Camp is set in a pristine copse of riverine forest and blends in seamlessly with the magnificent surrounding hardwood trees. Looking out over a large lagoon, an imaginative use of canvas has created a unique and luxurious style of tent. Each of the six en-suite tents has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, imparting an air of opulence in the bush, and featuring an indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor copper bath and a plunge pool sunk into the elevated teak deck. The multi-decked lounge and dining area and a well-stocked library and study, gym and pool will keep you entertained, informed and energised while at Abu Camp.

Highlights

  • Get to know each individual elephant in the Abu Herd
  • An abundance of wildlife can be viewed in the concession, from lion to lechwe

Abu Camp is a Wilderness Safaris Collection Camp

Xigera Camp - Moremi

  

Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) lies on the aptly named Paradise Island, surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation within a remote area of the productive Moremi Game Reserve. For much of the year this magnificent area epitomises the permanently flooded section of the Okavango Delta, with palm-filled islands, riverine forests, a multitude of clear water channels and expansive floodplains. There are nine raised luxury tents with en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower – and superb views of the classic Okavango Delta floodplains that surround the camp. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge, bar and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. For those hot days there is a small plunge pool in which to cool off.


Highlights

  • This true wetland paradise is a delight for birdwatchers and lovers of tranquil beauty
  • The best place in the Delta to see the elusive sitatunga antelope

Xigera is a Wilderness Safaris Premier Camp

Savuti & Linyati Region

The Savute and Linyanti area is situated to the north of the Okavango Delta and also borders on the Chobe National Park. This remote area is also the site of the annual zebra migration and consists of swamp and grasslands reminiscent of the Serengeti and vast tracts of sandy plains. There are excellent lodge options to choose from in the Savute and Linyanti and some of these also include mobile camps. 

During the dry winter months the Linyanti area is highly populated with animals, in particular elephants. You should experience excellent game viewing during this time as it is also the time where larger herds of zebra spend their time. The Linyanti and Savute area is also known for its high population of Lion so keep an eye out for this unique predator! Contact one of our specialist Savute and Linyanti consultants to give you accurate information and advise when planning your Africa safari experience with us. 

Kings Pool Camp

  

Named for Scandinavian royalty, Kings Pool overlooks the handsome oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve bordering Chobe National Park. The camp’s nine luxurious tents (including one family unit) each boast a large bedroom area and lounge leading out onto a veranda with a private plunge pool and thatched sala from which to soak up the gorgeous views and possibly even spot elephant crossing the channel. The spacious en-suite bathrooms have double showers and hand-basins, as well as an outdoor shower for those who wish to shower ‘in’ nature! The spacious main area comprises a lounge, dining room and a convivial bar beautifully set on expansive raised decks. There is also a pool and an open-air 'kgotla' for evening dining under the stars.

Highlights

  • A luxurious and historic safari base in the middle of Africa’s highest density of elephants
  • Wild dog and leopard are known to patrol the area, seeking its abundant antelope
  • A sundowner cruise down the Linyanti River on the Queen Sylvia is a breathtaking experience

Kings Pool is a Wilderness Safaris Premier Camp.

Savute Safari Lodge

   

Stretching from the Linyanti River all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. However, this fickle and unpredictable channel, which has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up, independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere, has mystified local inhabitants, geologists and others for many years. To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just twenty-four guests in elven thatched chalets built of local timber and one family room which consists of two double bedrooms. The chalets, which have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en suite facilities.

Activities are organised around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Many trips will incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh to give you a chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a backdrop of teeming wildlife.

Savuti Camp

  

Savuti Camp is situated in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel, famous as a sporadic and unusual watercourse. Between 1980 and 2008 it stopped flowing altogether, creating a ribbon of grassland. Surprisingly, the Channel began to flow once more, becoming a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life while wildlife had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it. This intimate camp's en-suite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents, including a family unit that is raised off the ground. From the camp's thatched dining area, a small pool and large viewing area with fire deck extend outwards on raised wooden decks, providing a wonderful view of the Channel and its wildlife.
 
Highlights
  • Savuti Camp has front row seats to watch all the drama that unfolds on the Channel
  • The Savute area harbours one of the densest dry-season concentrations of elephant in Africa
  • With two-thirds of the Savute Channel located in the concession, guests have exclusive access to abundant game and geological marvels 

Savuti Camp is a Wilderness Safaris Classic Camp

Chobe Game Reserve

Essentially Chobe is all about Elephants. Lots of them. And the jury seems to be out on exactly how many there are. We have always said there are approximately 55 000 elephant in Chobe National Park, but some sources seem to indicate this is as high as 120,000 . We suppose there is only one way to find out. Book a trip to Chobe for yourselves and start counting! Needless to say there is no shortage of elephants and its a daily spectacle at the Chobe River as the elephants come down to the river to drink and bath. Chobe National Park is located in the North west Corner of Botswana and is only a short hop skip and a jump from Victoria Falls ! That’s a 90 minutes road transfer through the most interesting and fascinating game reserve if you really need to know. Most first time visitors to Chobe visit the Kasane Area (or the Chobe River Front) , but the more adventurous and those with extended itineraries can visit the Linyati and Savuti Area. The Savuti in particular is noted for its Lions that are particularly well adapted to hunting Elephant, as well as its annual migration of Zebra. The Savuti Marsh was once a lush inland lake but techtonic movements cut the water supply. The Linyanti Marsh and the Kwando River are known for its large concentration of lions, leopards, wild dogs. All in all a fantastic destination, that we believe is well worth a visit.

Gecko Africa offer expert advice and we have specialist Botswana consultants that can help you build an itinerary that best suits your requirements and budget. We have listed all of our Botswana destinations separately. A wide variety of individual properties within Botswana is also available. If you need more detailed information and advice simply contact one of our expert consultants to assist you in planning your holiday.  

Chobe Game Lodge

   

Chobe Game Lodge is designed as a haven of peace and privacy – where relaxation is effortless and you can enjoy your own space. With six comfortably furnished viewing decks, a riverside boma, two bars, six different lounges and four dining locations, a comfy chair or lounger is never far away, each with a different perspective on the wilderness that surrounds the lodge. A large swimming pool provides welcome relief during hot afternoons and there is always a waiter on hand to bring you refreshments from the bar.  Chobe Game Lodge caters for travellers with disabilities; all recent additions to the lodge were designed to provide easy accessibility. The viewing deck is the perfect place to relax or explore during your spare time at the lodge, with excellent game viewing, bar facilities, toilets and plenty of areas to just sit back and watch the sunset or the Chobe wildlife parade. Chobe Game Lodge offers a choice of land or water-based activities and the most complete game experience in the Chobe National Park. Early-morning and late-afternoon game drives are conducted by our expert guides in open-sided 4x4 vehicles to ensure maximum visibility of Chobe National Park’s spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Meanwhile, riverside game viewing may be done from small and highly manoeuvrable boats, perfect for morning or sunset cruises.

Chobe Savanna Lodge

 

Situated in the Eastern Caprivi, Zambezi Province of Namibia, a narrow strip of country on the northern bank of the Chobe River, Chobe Savanna Lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats. The Chobe River is home to large herds of Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo, as well as dense concentrations of other wildlife – including the rare Puku antelope – which come down to the river’s edge to drink and graze. Chobe Savanna Lodge is set in a classic African Savanna environment of sweeping vistas. The focal point of the lodge is a thatched, open-sided main building that features a 270 degree view over the Chobe River and beyond to the Chobe National Park. Attractive gardens featuring a secluded swimming pool further enhance the lodge’s enviable location. In addition to the scheduled game-viewing activities, Chobe Savanna Lodge is also a perfect venue for guests to simply take time out to watch the natural world go by in one of the most spectacular settings imaginable.

A private and secluded safari experience is guaranteed as Chobe Savanna Lodge accommodates only twenty guests in beautifully furnished thatched chalets, each with a private deck, an integrated bedroom and lounge area and en-suite facilities. Every chalet is air-conditioned and has its own complimentary mini bar. As this is a water-based lodge, guests have a choice of aquatic activities. River excursions in small, easily manoeuvrable boats are ideal for close encounters with the wild visitors to the river’s edge. Fishing is also a popular pastime; our catch-and-release fishing trips for Bream or Tiger Fish are a firm favourite with guests of all ages. Those wishing to experience some of the local Namibian traditions will enjoy a cultural village visit to one of the surrounding communities, where one can observe the ancient heritage of the local people.

Chobe Savanna is situated on the Namibian side of Chobe River and therefore Namibian Visa Rules will apply for all visitors to this lodge.

The Kalahari

Stretching around 360,000 square miles across Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the Kalahari Desert is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word. The desert is part of the 970,000-square-mile Kalahari Basin, which includes the Okavango River Delta and other wetter areas.The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a vast flat expanse of scrub-covered fossil dunes between ancient river valleys it has a fascinating spectrum of very different plants and animals. With the rains (Nov-April), the desert comes to life, with hordes of plains game followed by numbers of predators, producing some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Botswana. Nxai Pan and Tau Pan were the first safari camps to be built in their respective areas and offer an unprecedented opportunity to experience truly pristine wilderness areas and a complete contrast to the lush wetlands of the Okavango Delta.